The Skokomish Tribe celebrated the title transfer of 1,000 acres of land on Sept. 9 from Tacoma Power to the tribe. The land transfer, as well a payment of $11 million to the tribe, was part of the settlement between the tribe and Tacoma for the Cushman Hydroelectric Project.

From the Kitsap Sun:


The land transfer involves the 500-acre Nalley Ranch at the mouth of the Skokomish River; 500 acres of wooded land, including Lake Cushman Park, on the shore of Lake Cushman; and 3 acres with 470 feet of waterfront on Hood Canal.

Tacoma Power placed $11 million into a tribal account, as called for in the settlement, which also allows the tribe a share of the revenues from power production.

Friday’s signing ceremony occurred at Lake Cushman Park, which tribal officials consider an important cultural site.

“Here we are today being able to call ourselves partners in this watershed,” said Joseph Pavel, vice chairman of the Skokomish Tribe, in a prepared statement. “It’s very significant.”